[mythtv-users] Guide 'Unknown' channels
kirby at magnaspeed.net
Thu Dec 22 22:15:52 EST 2005
Kirby Bakken wrote:
> Mercury Morris wrote:
>> On 12/21/05, *Kirby Bakken* <kirby at magnaspeed.net
>> <mailto:kirby at magnaspeed.net>> wrote:
>> I receive all the 'major' (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, etc) channels on
>> HD (I
>> have just an HD5000 card), but for most of the HD channels I get,
>> guide shows 'unknown' as the content. I KNOW that the HD content
>> is the
>> same as the NTSC content... How can I cause the channel guide to
>> content instead of Unknown? Is there something I'm doing wrong
>> with my
>> channel guide setup? (all the other channels show up fine). Or
>> do I
>> need to 'fudge' things and associate one channel's information
>> that I AM
>> getting with the 'unknown' channels?
>> Perhaps the XMLTVID is missing from the Channel data. At least,
>> that's what I have found when the guide shows 'unknown'.
>> When this happens, I enter mythtv-setup, on into the Channel Editor,
>> and add the XMLTVID by typing it into the space provided.
>> Ah Ha! You ask: Where can you find the XMLTVID? Well, one easy way
>> is to bring up the list of channels using the website
>> http://zap2it.com, enter the zipcode appropriately, and wait for the
>> channel listings to appear. Then, if you hold the mouse pointer over
>> the channel call-letters (at the left of the screen), the XMLTVID
>> will appear, somewhere. Using Mozilla, it appears at the bottom of
>> the screen. With Opera, it appears in a little box under the mouse
>> As soon as enough mythfilldatabase runs are completed, you should
>> start to see fewer 'unknown' boxes and more boxes with program
>> One last thought: When I use zap2it, the analog stations are always
>> listed first. So, I have to click on the 'CLICK HERE TO VIEW YOUR
>> LOCAL DIGITAL STATIONS' line to get the digital stations.
> Hey Thanks! Some progress, but not much... I deleted all the
> channels under Channel Editor (which near as I can find, is ONLY with
> mythtv-setup). Then rescanned. I ended up with only the digital
> channels in my area (that could be found). I then used the channel
> editor to go into each channel and fill in the XMLTVID. Exited,
> brought up mythbackend, ran mythfilldatabase, ran mythfrontend, and my
> channel guide still has all the analog channels (which I can't get, I
> don't have a tuner for NTSC), and I STILL have Unknown (Unknown) for
> channel 4-1 and 9-1. A couple of the other channels that weren't
> working (2-1 PBS) have data now.... But I'm sure the XMLID is correct...
> Sigh... Went back into mythtv-setup after running
> mythfilldatabase..... all the analog channels are 'back in'... . How
> do I NOT get them?
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Sigh... I think I answered my own question.... after a little (more)
research. Go to labs.zap2it.com, add a 'new' channel lineup using a
different zip code... one that has the HD channels that zap2it doesn't
think I can get.... and then delete all but the HD channels from my lineup.
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